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Old January 14, 2009, 02:13 AM
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Default What's the best performance & low noise 120mm fan?

What do you think?
I'm using Noctua NF P12 and think it's pretty good.
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Old January 14, 2009, 04:31 AM
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I have 6 of them so I'd say they're pretty good.
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Old January 14, 2009, 01:06 PM
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no zm-f3 or yate loon...


For those who think Noctua's are worth $20...

please explain about this reviews
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Noctua's are overpriced.

Zalman or Yates ftw.
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Old January 14, 2009, 01:27 PM
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Intially they are expensive but they have a 6 year warranty to decide that and if they perform they're just cheaper or if they fail I'll just rma it.

Noctua's = Long term Value and reliability

I think the important thing here is the application, assessing your needs and budget when deciding on a fan. Noctua's are considered a premium brand and you pay a premium price.

A more intellectual and less antagonistic view and something I completely agree with.

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Hi Bojamijams, I have to say that I completely disagree with your assessment of the Noctua NF-P12s. I have no doubt that you consider them to be poor value & indeed in your case & with your intended usage they may in fact be quite unsuitable.


However, there are situations such as mine where they are unsurpassed & provide the required cooling in absolute silence.
My Workstations have at considerable expense been refitted with Noctua NF-P12s. On average each station has between 8 to 13 Noctua NF-P12s per enclosure; the stations operate 24/7 @ full load & are now also completely silent.


The sheer volume of fans alone has always guaranteed satisfactory cooling but the real issue has always been that over time; “lesser fans” in such volumes, eventually become noisy & collectively very, very noisy. Therefore, to maintain a quite working environment with such a large number of fans per case; my experience to date has been that most fans need replacement within 12 months.


Now if we revisit the concept of value you can see that the Noctua NF-P12s are virtually priceless to me. They are silent now & should remain so over time & should they become noise, at any time in the next 6 years I will return them under warranty, as faulty.


To conclude, if the Noctua NF-P12s are able to perform for the next 6 years in silence then they will be the cheapest fans I have ever purchased! As you can see its horses for courses, I have no doubt that there are enclosures & OC expectations that would be unsuitable for a Noctua NF-P12 but that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s an inferior or over-priced product. Thankfully there are other products from other venders that can fill the many requirements that exist.


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If you're interested in longevity, get some Scythe S-Flex's. A little less of a premium, and they also have FDB bearings, which tend to last a lot longer than sleeve and ball bearings.
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Noctua NF-P12 all the way - I have 5 of them! You can get them for $18. at DirectCanada store or wait for a sale on NCIX.
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If you're interested in longevity, get some Scythe S-Flex's. A little less of a premium, and they also have FDB bearings, which tend to last a lot longer than sleeve and ball bearings.
Yeah plus they come in various speeds to tend to all your needs (quiet or more airflow).

Those GELID fans look pretty decent too and go for like $5 on Direct Canada. Not sure how they perform though.
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I've had 3 out of 7 yates fail on me since October. All Noctua fans (15+) I have in installed in different systems are still going strong. (And silent too !!!)

If you have to buy a fan or two get Noctua. If you need 3 or more try Scythe S-FLEX.
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